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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Viet Nam War, a Viet Namese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Le Ly Hayslip (book), Jay Wurts (book) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haing S. Ngor ... Papa
Bussaro Sanruck Bussaro Sanruck ... Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam Supak Pititam ... Buddhist Monk
Joan Chen ... Mama
Thuan K. Nguyen Thuan K. Nguyen ... Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ... Le Ly
Lan Nguyen Calderon Lan Nguyen Calderon ... Ba
Thuan Le Thuan Le ... Kim
Dustin Nguyen ... Sau
Mai Le Ho ... Hai
Vinh Dang Vinh Dang ... Bon
Khiem Thai Khiem Thai ... Brother In Law
Liem Whatley ... Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le Michelle Vynh Le ... Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Lasting victories are won in the heart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joan Chen (Mama) and Vivian Wu (Madame Lien) previously co-starred as the Empress Wan Jung and First Consort Wen Hsiu, respectively in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that he and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Steve Butler: [motioning the helicopter] Get the fuck outta here!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema and video release has been cut by 55 seconds to obtain a "15" rather than an "18" certificate. Numerous scenes are affected, particularly the rape and torture shots. In Ireland, the uncut version also initially earned an 18. It was resubmitted in its cut British version which yet again earned an 18 - this decision was then taken to the Films Appeal Board, who lowered the certificate to a 15 on 16th February 1994. See more »


Soundtracks

Mellow Yellow
Written by Donovan (as Donovan Leitch)
Performed by Donovan
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing and EMI Records UK
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an unrecognised masterpiece
27 October 2005 | by spirou666See all my reviews

I don't understand why this film has been rated so poorly, it really deserves better. The breath-taking landscapes, subtle imagery, the overall excellent craftsmanship alone make this movie worth seeing.

The unique and very personal perspective of this movie makes it hard to keep your distance. Some scenes are rather brutal, but these scenes are necessary for telling a realistic story. Definitely no Disney family movie though.

I give it a 9 out of 10, because even with 140 minutes runtime the story feels rushed and crammed. Sometimes less is more, I shall read the books now.


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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven & Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 26 December 1993

Gross USA:

$5,864,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,864,949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcor Films, Canal+, Ixtlan See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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